Top 40 Restaurants in the U.S. 2016

Providence prawns (Photo Credit: Lisa Cohen)

Each year we honor fine-dining establishments in America that reach the top echelon of gastronomy, where meals transcend mere sustenance.

Browse GAYOT’s selections for the 2016 Top 40 Restaurants in America, presented in alphabetical order.


San Diego, CA

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Chef William Bradley orchestrates exceptional, seasonal haute cuisine in a lavish European-style setting at Fairmont Grand Del Mar resort. See more…


Chicago, IL

Chef Grant Achatz and owner Nick Kokonas have ushered in a new era at Alinea following extensive renovations to the dining areas and kitchen. See more…

3Atelier Crenn

San Francisco, CA

Discover chef Dominique Crenn and the restaurant with our exclusive video interview.

Chef Dominique Crenn’s “poetic culinaria” tasting menu features luxurious ingredients and unique presentations. See more…


Carmel, CA

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Aubergine executive chef Justin Cogley’s creativity with top-tier, seasonal and local products (especially from the sea) leans towards the playful and beautifully executed. See more…

5Blue Hill at Stone Barns

Tarrytown, NY

Blue Hill at Stone Barns strikes a fine balance between traditional charm and modern amenities, an archetype. A working farm, education center, and bar and restaurant, it is truly unique. See more…


New York, NY

You’d never guess what was going on behind the rice paper-shrouded windows at Brushstroke, but there’s serious food and saké artistry happening. See more…

7Chef Mavro

Honolulu, HI

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Chef Mavro not only features the finest ingredients Hawaii has to offer, but also supplements them with luxurious imported items. Thanks to the formidable skills of chef-owner George Mavrothalassitis, the results of this sublime culinary marriage are always elegant and intriguing. See more…


New York, NY

Chef extraordinaire and entrepreneur Daniel Boulud’s eponymous fine dining establishment is a grand “dinner-theatre” masterpiece. See more…

9Eleven Madison Park

New York, NY

Enjoy an evening of epicurean entertainment at Eleven Madison Park, where chef Daniel Humm and Will Guidara demonstrate theatrical flair while presenting one of the world’s finest dining experiences. See more…

10Epic Restaurant

Columbus, GA

Surrounded by art, fine dining in a restored historic building could not be more exciting. Presentation matters at Epic Restaurant — the food is as much a delight to behold as to savor. See more…